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Karen Jean Oby, American nutritionist. Registered dietitian; licensed to practice in North Dakota.


Oby, Karen Jean was born on July 17, 1946 in Grafton, North Dakota, United States. Daughter of John Martin and Helen Sylvia (Gilbertson) Oby.


Bachelor of Science, University North Dakota, 1968. Master in Public Health, University California, Berkeley, 1970.


Public health nutritionist/dietitian, U. Arizona, Tucson, 1970-1971;public health nutritionist, Project Health Opportunities for People Everywhere, Natal, Brazil., 1972;instructor, Western Michigan U., Kalamazoo, 1973-1976;instructor, U. North Dakota, Grand Forks, 1976-1979;nutrition coordinator special supplemental food program for women, infants and children, North Dakota State Department Health, Bismarck, 1979-1992;director nutrition services, North Dakota State Department Health, Bismarck, since 1992.


Health professional advisor March of Dimes, Bismarck, 1985-1987. Member American Dietetic Association, National Association Women, Infants and Children Directors (nutrition standards committee 1986-1987, regional nutrition representative chair, 1986-1988 ), North Dakota Dietetic Association (treasurer 1979-1980), North Dakota Nutrition Council, Bismarck-MANDAN Nutrition Council (president 1984-1985, 87-88), Bismarck/MANDAN Dietetic Association (vice president 1986-1987), Prairie Textile Arts Guild (president 1986-1987).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: needlework, reading.


Married Thomas Jeffrey Dahle, June 27, 1981. 1 child, Aaron.